Mark D. Francisco
April 1, 2016
Small-scale farmers in Northern Mindanao continue to expand into value-added products as they recognize the need to diversify income sources.
The farmers and agriculture officers of 16 local government units (LGUs) in the region took part in a two-day congress this week on Community-based Participatory Action Research (CPAR).
Under CPAR, crops and technology packages for making value-added products are introduced to farming communities by the Department of Agriculture (DA).
The program was introduced to the farmers in 2005.
At the congress that opened on March 28, the LGUs exhibited their existing processed products from rice, corn, soybean, different potato varieties, and vegetables.
Their goods include food crisps, native cakes, milk, and soap.
There was also a demonstration of potato-based farming systems and an introduction of alternative crop varieties.… Continue Reading ...